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Babs Boxer's New Novel | Main | Onward, Muslim Soldiers!
October 29, 2005

Arab Leaders Queered Saddam-Exile Plan

Hussein himself agreed to the plan of peaceful exile to avoid the war. "Leaders" of Arab countries vetoed it. The US indicated its support of the plan (indeed, George W. Bush specifically gave Saddam the option of peaceful exile in his prewar ultimatum).

Under the plan, Saddam & Co. would have departed Iraq for the UAE, with the promise of freedom of prosecution for their myriad crimes.

So if Arabs don't like the war, they can blame the tyrants who rule them.

It is not explained why the deal was rejected. The obvious theory is that the other tyrants in the Arab world did not want the precedent of one of their own being forced into exile by a US ultimatum, and wanted the removal, if unavoidable, to be costly and bloody, so as to make it the last one.



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